Gift & Specialty Items

For 2020, the Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) has announced that it will change its annual in-person holiday experience to “CDM Curbside,” presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

This year’s event will feature an online marketplace open Nov. 9 to 22, hosting several vendor stores featuring unique holiday wares and edibles. After purchasing, customers can choose various drive-thru pickup times from Dec. 3 to 6, the weekend the traditional in-person market would have taken place.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2020 Gift and Specialty Item Vendors

An der Weihnachtsecke, Des Moines, IA

Shop the Christkindlmarket Des Moines store for your favorite European treasures.

Offering: Steinbach nutcrackers, INGE ornaments, beer steins and glassware, Herrnhuter Moravian stars, commemorative Glühwein mugs, Christkindlmarket Des Moines merchandise,

Price Range: $5 – $350

Dakota Tinworks, Estelline, SD

Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business dedicated to making and selling traditional tinware and ornaments, hand-made exclusively by tinsmith Karl-Josef Schmidt, using primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith’s tools and techniques.

Offering: Products made from tinplate: tin Christmas ornaments and tin tree tinsel.

Price Range: $5 – $20

DamonLayne Woodworking, Earlham, IA

DamonLayne Woodworking designs unique products that are fun and functional and will make a great gift for the holiday season, a wedding, or a house warming gift.

Offering: Woodworking: Cutting board, Charcuterie boards, Cheese slicer, Cribbage boards, Springerle cookie molds.

Price Range: $35-$250

the Permanent Collection Letterpress, Des Moines, IA

Artisan Hand-printed letterpress products made in Des Moines, Iowa.

Offering: Letterpress cards, holiday cards, art prints, stationery, coasters, totes and t-shirts

Price Range: $5-50

DSM Foundry, Des Moines, IA

DSM Foundry offers traditional German, art deco, and other styles of holiday decor made with modern technology.

Offering: Ornaments, schwibbogen, lichterbogen, lanterns

Price Range: $1 – $100

Three In One Artworks, Urbandale, IA

From the Three In One Artwork’s pottery studio, customers will find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted ornaments, mugs and trinket boxes. Featured themes include Iowa farm nostalgia and agriculture.

Offering: Ceramic one of a kind ornaments, mugs and trinket boxes.

Price Range: $12 – $30

Nymph In The Woods, Boone, IA

One-of-a-kind jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping, all locally handmade!

Offering: Wire wrapped and fused glass jewelry – rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, headpieces

Price Range: $15-$250+

Indianola Glass Creations, Indianola, IA

Indianola Glass Creations offers a wide variety of one-of-a-kind stained and fused glass art pieces. Every item is handmade right in our store in Indianola, Iowa.

Offering: Fused & Stained glass ornaments, fused glass home decor (spoon rests, card holders, nightlights, sun catchers, napkin holders, wall art, bowls and platters), Fused and stained jewelry & accessories (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hair barrettes), Fused glass Popsockets, Stained glass art pieces, and recycled glass home decor (wine bottle clocks, lamps and wind chimes).

Price Range: $10 – $150

Quilted Gardens Nursery, Des Moines, IA

Specializing in fresh made wreaths and greens bundles, seasonal decor, Iowa made leather door bells and bell straps, Glass Bird and Fair Trade Gourd ornaments.

Offering: Fresh made Wreaths, Fresh Bundles of Greens, Glass Ornaments, Fair-Trade Peruvian gourd ornaments and boxes, Iowa made leather door bells and Bell Straps

Price Range: $10-75

Lost Planet Forge, Des Moines, IA

Hand forged knives and kitchen utensils created in Des Moines with local and natural materials.

Offering: hand forged knives and kitchen utensils

Price Range: $50 – $500

German American Heritage Center and Museum, Davenport, IA

The German American Heritage Center & Museum is proud to sell 100% German-made products for Christmas. We have everything from schwibbogen to smokers and more!

Offering: Schwibbogen, Pyramids and Smokers

Price Range: $40 – $185

Danish Windmill, Elk Horn, IA

The 1848 Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa will offer a bit of Scandinavia close to home, let us help you keep your Christmas traditions alive. “Keepsakes for a Lifetime”

Offering: Gnomes, straw, Scandinavian Christmas decorations

Price Range: $2 – $75

Worldly Goods, Ames, IA

Worldly Goods inspires social justice, sustainable livelihoods, and environmental resiliency by providing a marketplace for artisans of the world to earn a living wage, support their families, and develop their communities.

Offering: Felt ball garland, felt ornaments, various global nativities, quilled greeting cards (including holiday cards), various matryoshka, kids activity cards, ceramic luminaries (some nativities)

Price Range: $1 – $50

Davin and Kesler, Exeter, RI

Our specialty is small, precisely designed and exquisitely made pieces. We pride ourselves on offering handmade, one of a kind gifts. From chopsticks to earrings, letter openers to magnifying glasses our line has many options for the thoughtful gift-giver.

Offering: Earrings and pendants, bracelets, cuff links, kitchenware, trays, ornaments

Price Range: $25 – $45

Schanz Furniture, South Amana, IA

Located in the historic Amana Colonies, Schanz Furniture is a family owned business that specializes in custom built furniture and unique handmade gift items.

Offering: Handcrafted Spalted Maple Trees & Handcrafted Multi-wood Trees

Price Range: $30 -$150

Meet The Team

Margaret Townsend

Dan Johnson

Mackenzie Dierks

Abby Kessler

Mike King

Tasha Jackson

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